Three Men and an Arrogant Emperor

—Daniel 3—The Fiery Furnace

  • Andrew Fountain – July 1, 2018

 
 
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Outline

  1. Background
  2. The story of the statue and the firey furnace
  3. How it connects with us

Goal

  • Take this distant story in a distant land at a distant time under a hot sun
  • and connect it to us right hear and now in Toronto
  • so that it means something very directly and specifically to us

Daniel 2:31-36

Daniel 3:1–2

  1. King Nebuchadnezzar had a golden statue made. It was ninety feet tall and nine feet wide. He erected it on the plain of Dura in the province of Babylon.
  2. Then King Nebuchadnezzar sent out a summons to assemble the satraps, prefects, governors, counselors, treasurers, judges, magistrates, and all the other authorities of the province to attend the dedication of the statue that he had erected.

Daniel 3:1-2, 8–18

Isaiah 43:1–2

  1. Now, this is what the LORD says,
    the one who created you, O Jacob,
    and formed you, O Israel:
    “Don’t be afraid, for I will protect you.
    I call you by name, you are mine.
  2. When you pass through the waters, I am with you;
    when you pass through the streams, they will not overwhelm you.
    When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned;
    the flames will not harm you.

Outline

  1. Background
  2. The story of the statue and the firey furnace
  3. How it connects with us

Connection with us

  • Does God have the exclusive authority in your life?
  • Or is he just one of many competing demands?
  • You have the same decision to make!